As many as 300 Africans Refugees land on shore [Archives:2002/45/Local News]

November 4 2002

As many as 300 refugees from Africa have been arrested by Yemeni authorities after they attempted to land on Yemen’s shores this week.
“Security forces arrested the infiltrators at the coasts of Shabwa governorate upon their arrival from the African Horn aboard boats owned by unknown people,” said deputy minister of interior Mutahar Al Mesri to the Gulf News.
“This falls within the framework of the continuous collective displacement of the citizens from some African Horn countries to the Yemeni beaches,” the deputy minister added.
He said the arrested immigrants were taken to Kharaz camp for refugees in Lahej governorate, 320km south of Sanaa.
Refugees from the African Horn to Yemen are estimated at 150,000 with most of them from Somalia.
The ministry of interior has imposed new security procedures on the boat owners operating in Yemeni harbors.